- Senate president Ahmad Lawan read a letter from President Buhari on the floor of the red chamber
- In the letter, Nigeria's commander in chief asked that ex-service chiefs be confirmed as ambassadorial nominees
- Some of the nominees include General Buratai, General Olonisakin among others
In what will continue to generate diverse discussions in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, February 9, has urged the Senate to consider and confirm the immediate past service chiefs for appointment as ambassadors.
The president's letter was read on the floor of the National Assembly by the president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan.
The ex-service chiefs to be confirmed as envoys from the country include:
- General Abayomi Olonisakin (rtd)
- Lt. General Tukur Buratai (rtd)
- Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas (rtd)
- Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (rtd)
- Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Usman (rtd).
The letter to the upper chamber of the National Assembly read in part:
"Request for Confirmation of Appointment of Non-Career Ambassadors (Designate)."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Buratai refused to respond to criticism following his ambassadorial appointment from President Buhari.
Buratai has kept mute following calls from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for him to be probed.
However, in his chat with journalists on Saturday, February 6, the former Nigerian Army chief said he is not a politician, and thus cannot give any reply to the PDP.
Meanwhile, the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, had called on God to put an end to banditry and all forms of violence in Nigeria.
The renowned Christian cleric prayed that God should miraculously use the new service chiefs appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to defeat Boko Haram.
“Pray that it will be well with Nigeria. I am crying unto you on behalf of our nation Nigeria, please, God have mercy on Nigeria. In your own miraculous way use the new Service Chiefs for your glory."